These maps show what to expect from Hurricane Florence

Satellite image of Florence in the Atlantic Ocean taken on Sept. 9

Packing heavy winds with a maximum sustained wind speed of 130 miles per hour (195 km/h), the hurricane is slowly barreling toward the U.S. East Coast, at a speed of approximately 13 miles per hour (20 km/h). The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang said the storm is expected to strengthen to 150 miles per hour just before landfall somewhere along the Southeast or Mid-Atlantic coast Thursday night.

Florence is now moving west at around 13 miles per hour (20 kph), and is forecast to drench a large swath of the US East Coast running from northern Florida to New Jersey. NASA is using its various high-flying tools to monitor the storm, taking precipitations measurements and NOAA's National Hurricane Center is using that data to forecast the storm's progress.

As the danger became clear over the weekend, the governors of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia all declared states of emergency. "But we are not going to gamble with the lives of the people of SC".

"We believe that it is safer to shelter in place, since the majority of the rescue horses are still very newly tamed, not used to being stalled, and not used to being trailered", the CWHF said.

Florence could bring a deadly coastal storm surge, and inland flooding as far north as Virginia, the NHC said.

A tropical storm becomes a hurricane when maximum sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour.

"A big question on this track is how intense the storm remains over the Research Triangle area of North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill", Watson said.

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Florence is the third hurricane of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, after Hurricane Chris (Category 1) and Hurricane Beryl (Category 2), which formed in early July but didn't make landfall.

President Donald Trump on Monday urged "the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast" to "take all necessary precautions" as the storm approaches.

Mandatory evacuations have begun along North Carolina's coast. While the damage at landfall was catastrophic, most of the deaths and damage from Harvey were from the tremendous, record-shattering rain that fell across the Houston metro area, which caused disastrous flooding.

"I don't think many of us have ever been through a Category 4".

While Guam is getting hit now with Typhoon Mangkhut and Hawaii is likely to get Tropical Storm Olivia tomorrow night, lets focus on the Atlantic, where three hurricanes have lined up. "We are hoping for the best and preparing for the worst", he said.

The State of Emergency Response Team, which includes the Emergency Management, State Highway Patrol and North Carolina National Guard, are ready to deploy.

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